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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by [London: before April 1837] (1837)

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About this Item: [London: before April 1837], 1837. Single leaf (230 x 185 mm). Manuscript text in brown ink on recto only. Housed in a custom pinkish-orange morocco gilt-stamped folder with cream moiré silk lining and a pinkish-orange quarter morocco clamshell case. Unobtrusive compositor's inky fingerprint at lower centre, browning to very edges, faint traces of mount to verso along one edge. In excellent condition. Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the printers. Fewer than 50 of the estimated 1,500 pages that constituted it are known to survive. In keeping with the convention of the time, the holographic leaves were nearly always destroyed as soon as they were set in type. However, Charles Hicks (c.1799–1870), the foreman-printer for Bradbury and Evans, who printed the book for Chapman and Hall, salvaged a group of leaves from the original manuscript. Hicks's salvage, consisting of 33 leaves from chapters 36 and 37, makes up "the largest number of contiguous Pickwick manuscript leaves known to survive" (Long, p. 32). As Dickens's fame grew, he "became increasingly aware of the value of his manuscripts and he sought with limited success to retain what he could of his early work" (ibid, p. 32). Dickens wrote to Hicks around September 1838 requesting that "'when you have time be good enough to look me up all the old copy you have of mine, as I am very anxious to have it complete' Dickens's instruction is said to be the 'first recorded instance of CD's collection of his own MSS'" (ibid, p. 31). In May 1840, when Dickens donated five slips from chapter 39 of Pickwick to a charitable cause in Halifax, the author enclosed a note with the pages: "I have never given away any old published MS., considering that it will have a greater interest one of these days for my own family than it can ever possess for others; but your request in behalf of the Halifax Institution set me looking over a box of fragments, and from its contents I have selected the enclosed original and only draught of a portion of a chapter of Pickwick, to which the Association is heartily welcome" (ibid, p. 24). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, issued monthly between April 1836 and November 1837, became a publishing phenomenon only after the introduction of the redoubtable Sam Weller, who features in the portion of text preserved in this leaf. The comic scene occurs during a visit to Bath by Pickwick and his friends, and Sam Weller has received, to his consternation and bewilderment, a formal invitation from John Smauker to a "swarry" (soiree) with the elegantly uniformed "select footmen" of Bath. The text begins halfway through a discussion of the chalybeate taste of the famous waters. On the previous page Sam Weller had given his opinion: "I thought they'd a wery strong flavour o'warm flat irons", to which Smauker retorted "That is the killybeate Mr Weller". Weller's response to this forms the opening line here: "It may be, but I ain't much in the chimical line myself, so I can't say", before the pair's conversation turns to the forthcoming evening's entertainment, closing with Smauker's line, "You'll see some very handsome uniforms". Dickens's deletions here include three full lines of text and four words blotted out; his insertions consist of three words added interlineally at the top left. The leaf is numbered "75" at the head of the page in his hand: Sadleir notes that "it is clear that Dickens numbered separately each successive instalment of manuscript delivered monthly to the printer". Although the text retained here is part of chapter 37, it was in fact originally published as part of chapter 36, due to the previous misnumbering of two consecutive chapters as "XXVIII" – an error that was rectified in subsequent. Seller Inventory # 124911

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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About this Item: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Housed in a brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Substantial dampstaining to top edges of boards, also affecting contents but to a lesser extent, head and tail of spine chipped, wormholes to joints, boards rubbed and scuffed, ring stain to front board, some spotting and oxidisation of plates, sporadic foxing and tanning to text. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842 and presented him with a gift of six books, all American editions of his own works. Bryant reciprocated by presenting Dickens a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition of Dickens's first publishing success is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Seller Inventory # 90110

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The Old Curiosity Shop.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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About this Item: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Housed in a quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine expertly repaired, with restoration at head, dampstaining to top edge of contents, boards scuffed and dampstained, foxing throughout, offsetting and oxidisation to plates, as usual with American piracies of this date, overall a good copy. With two autograph letters signed to the poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant, Carlton House, New York, 14 and 27 February 1842, together 3 pages, 8vo, the second with later annotation to upper margin. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the first letter Dickens writes: "With one exception (and that's Irving) you are the man I most wanted to see in America". Dickens excuses himself for not having been able to see Bryant when he called, adding though that "As I lost what I most eagerly longed for, I ask you for your sympathy and not for your forgiveness". He presses Bryant to come and breakfast with him—"I don't call to leave a card at your door before asking you, because I love you too well to be ceremonious with you. I have a thumbed book at home, so well now that it has nothing of you on the back, but one gilt 'B', and the remotest possible traces of a 'y'. My credentials are in my earnest admiration of its beautiful contents". The second letter was the cover note to the gift of six American editions of Dickens's works, all similarly inscribed: "If I had any control over the accompanying books, they should be unillustrated, and in outward appearance more worthy your acceptance." After the delays indicated by the first letter here, Dickens finally met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842. Bryant responded to the gift of books by presenting a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Seller Inventory # 90111

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Sellon, Jeffrey, Dickens, Estelle

Published by ETA/Cuisenaire (1981)

ISBN 10: 0914040901 ISBN 13: 9780914040903

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About this Item: ETA/Cuisenaire, 1981. Paperback. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001263150

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hard Back. Condition: Very Good. A truly stunning first edition set. The first appearance of Great Expectations in book form. Originally it appeared it thirty-six weekly numbers of  'All the Year Round'. All first edition, first printings - no 'edition' mentioned on the title page. Limited to just 1000 copies of the true first issue. Beautifully bound by Riviere, in full polished calf. Gilt triple ruled borders to boards, red and green label bands to the spine. Five raised bands to the spine of each volume, with beautiful intricate gilt tooling to each section, gilt titles to the label band, and date to the bottom of each volume. Top edge gilt, fore edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Stunning elaborate gilt inner dentelles. Green endpapers, new prelims and last blank pages, otherwise entirely original. Just the slightest of rubbing to the spine edges otherwise in excellent condition, no fading at all to the spines so they present beautifully and sit very well together on the shelf. Original paper labels pasted in to an end page to each volume. Slight foxing otherwise contents in very good condition, free from any inscriptions. Pages nice and bright with no browning. Meet all reference points as stated in the Walter E. Smith bibliography, including 'recal' to pg84 Vol 1, 'their' for 'her' on pg162 of Vol 2, and 'skackled' for 'shackled' pg262 Vol 3. No publishers catalogue to the rear of volume three but Smith does state that 'some copies of the first five issues did not contain catalogues'. Vol 1 344pp. Vol 2 351pp. Vol 3 344pp. A beautiful first edition set of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, a true collector's edition. Seller Inventory # 089380

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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About this Item: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL blue/green wrappers SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a handwritten check laid into the first volume. A beautiful complete set in ten parts that were issued monthly. All the wrappers are ORIGINAL with NO missing pages. The colors on the spines match and have benefitted from some professional restoration. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-15214791011

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The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: for the author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846 (1846)

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About this Item: London: for the author, by Bradbury & Evans, 1846, 1846. Octavo. 10 parts, in the original green wrappers. Housed in a custom green half morocco box, lightly sunned, spine lettered in gilt with green cloth sides. Largely unopened. A few trivial marks to wrappers and contents, very occasional discreet paper repair, front joint of a few parts splitting slightly at foot, a few tiny chips to spine ends, small chip to rear cover of part X not affecting text. An excellent set of this Dickens high spot, unusually bright and clean both internally and externally, complete with all the advertisements required by Hatton and Cleaver. 24 steel-engraved plates by George Cruikshank, retouched by Findlay. First edition in the original stand-alone parts, and the first appearance of the novel in its final form. Oliver Twist was originally serialised in Bentley's Miscellany from 1837 to 1839, with Richard Bentley publishing the work in a three-volume edition in 1839, six months before the magazine serialisation finished. Dickens bought back his copyright from Bentley and substantially revised the text in light of the reception he received from his public readings, making the novel more dramatic. The new text was issued in the present parts from January to October 1846, with a one-volume edition following. Scarcer than the preceding three-volume edition and representing the definitive text, "many collectors prize this edition very highly and consequently it is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists" (Eckel, p. 62). "Sets of the ten parts can, without exaggeration, be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate, or poor condition. many would be owners are doomed to disappointment in their efforts to effect a capture, in face of the very limited supply available" (Hatton & Cleaver, p. 215). Gimbel A39; Carr B98; Hatton & Cleaver pp. 215ff; Eckel pp. 62-3. Seller Inventory # 126668

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Charles Dickens Signed Portrait Photograph.: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: 1868. Signed "Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Washington, D.C. Seventh February 1868." Large oval portrait photograph measures 13 inches by 13 inches. Matted in a walnut frame which measures 24 inches by 27 inches. On his Washington tour Dickens met President Andrew Johnson and signed this photograph on the date of that meeting, February 7, which also happened to be Dickens' birthday. He discussed in a letter to his friend and agent John Foster regarding that day, "This scrambling scribblement is resumed this morning, because I have just seen the President: who had sent to me very courteously asking me to make my own appointment. He is a man with a remarkable face." From the Library of The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Portrait photographs of this size signed by Dickens are exceptionally rare, especially with such noted provenance. Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. Seller Inventory # 5825

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The Charles Dickens Birthday Book: Mary Dickens &

Mary Dickens & Kate Macready Dickens

Published by Chapman & Hall, Covent Garden, London (1882)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, Covent Garden, London, 1882. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. "Compiled and edited by his Eldest Daughter {Mary} With five illustrations by his Youngest Daughter {Kate}." Signed in ink by both; "To Val Princep with the affectionate regard of his old friends, Kate Perugini [and] Mamie Dickens" Val Princep 1838-1904 was a painter,author and playwright who rubbed elbows with Whistler and Robert Browning. He was also Kate's lover. [Katey, The life and loves of Dickens artist daughter, Lucinda Hawksley]Included Signature by Charles Dickens on his 1858 Scottish Readings Tour, also by his manager Charles Mackay and Arthur Smith. The covers are beveled edged, the front is a large tree with the four seasons in beautifully tooled inscriptions in Green, Gilt and Brown.The pages are all edged in Gilt and are heavy stock. They are tight to the spine apart from the first end paper which is detached and present. The content is January through December with 3 days to a page. There are over 100 signatures of mostly actors on their birthdays. Preeminent is Sir J.M.Barrie and some first castmembers from the 1904 Peter Pan at The Duke of York Theatre. Gerald DuMaurier [Hook/Mr.Darling],Hilda Trevelyan [Wendy]. The 1925 Hamlet at The Haymarket Theatre, produced and directed by John Barrymore[signed], and castmembers, Malcolm Kean [Claudius], Constance Collier [Gertrude], Fay Compton [Ophelia], George Relph [Horatio], and later members, Sir.Mark Rylance [1988], Sir.Alec Guiness [1951], Sir.Kenneth Branaugh [1989], Ralph Fiennes [1995], Dame Peggy Ashcroft[1944]. A few other notable signatures, Ivor Novello, Simon Callow, Barbara Windsor, Fenella Fielding, Samantha Bond, Dame Judi Dench and many more. Solid provenance on all signatures. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000424

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The Christmas Carol, and the 4 other: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First editions of all five Christmas books in extraordinary condition, featuring a near fine and unrestored copy of the true first issue of The Christmas Carol, with "Stave I" on p. [1] and with the text entirely uncorrected. With all known first issue points: title page in blue and red, dated 1843, chalky green endpapers, 14-15mm between the gilt wreath and the left margin blind-stamping on the front cover, a perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath. According to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. Near fine condition, and rare as such. Other books also in near fine or fine condition. Cricket has second state of ad leaf in rear, and Battle of Life has the 4th state of the title page. Housed in a custom-made collector's case. Seller Inventory # 1701004

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INFELICIA: Dickens, Charles. 1812

Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. Menken, Adah Isaacs [1835 - 1868]

Published by London - Paris - New York (1868)

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About this Item: London - Paris - New York, 1868. [5], v, 141, [1] pp. Binder's blanks at front & rear. Frontis of Menken. Facsimile of Dickens' "letter", which is actually comprised of portions from 2 letters Dickens sent Menken [cf. LETTERS, v. 11]. Cuts as head- tailpieces. Sq 12mo. 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Dickens knew Menken through her 1864 performances at Astley's, during which time she was accepted by the London Bohemian crowd, holding 'literary salons' at her suite at the Westminster Palace Hotel. Her aspirations toward literature resulted in this modest volume of poetry, which she decicated to "Charles Dickens", a gesture the Inimitable accepted with 'great pleasure'. This particular copy comes from a prominent Detroit businessman's collection, gathered in the 1920s, and only now, 90 years later, coming onto the market. Spine sunned to a mellow golden tan. A handsome VG+ copy. Early 20th C. 3/4 green morocco binding with marbled paper boards & eps. TEG. Original publisher's green cloth binding bound-in at rear 1st edition thus (Gimbel B295), i.e., with the lithographic plate reproducing Dicken's letter. This copy SIGNED by Dickens, in blue ink, on the original ffep, "Faithfully yours / Charles Dickens [flourish]". Seller Inventory # 33231.1

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DICKENS, CHARLES

Published by London: Chapman and Hall (1859)

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About this Item: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Original red cloth (first binding). Joints very slightly tender, light soiling. A very handsome copy in original, unrestored condition. Half morocco case. FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING, FIRST PRINTING (with page 213 mis-numbered 113 and sig. b present on the list of illustrations, points that were corrected in later copies of this edition). A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens’s greatest and most-quoted novels. “The force of the novel springs from its exploration of darkness and death but its beauty derives from Dickens’s real sense of transcendence, from his ability to see the sweep of destiny . . . this is what emerges most clearly from one of his shortest and most powerful novels” (Ackroyd). Dickens was emotionally vested in this great novel. He wrote, “It has had complete possession of me; I have so far verified what is done and suffered in these pages as that I have certainly done and suffered it all myself.” The quality and strength of the prose is some of the finest he was ever to produce, for example, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” This is the best copy we have seen. The novel’s serialization in Dickens’s weekly All the Year Round reduced the demand for the book and parts issues, and thus collectible copies are scarce. Provenance: Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Sotheby’s, New York, 3 December 2004, lot 140. Seller Inventory # ABE-1508877905487

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The Christmas Carol, including 4 other Christmas: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a hand written check laid into the "Christmas Carol" The "Christmas Carol" has the First Issue points with text uncorrected, "Stave I" as first chapter heading, red and blue title-page dated 1843, and blue half-title. All the books are bound in the publisher's original cloth and are in excellent condition. The bindings are tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. A superb 5 volume set SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1524516468943

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Master Humphrey's Clock. With illustrations by George: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1840–1 (1840)

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About this Item: London: Chapman and Hall, 1840–1, 1840. 3 volumes, octavo (261 x 180 mm). Skilfully bound to period-style in green half calf, raised bands to spine tooled in gilt, red morocco labels, compartments ruled in blind, single blind roll to covers, marbled sides, brown endpapers. Scattered foxing and some signs of handling internally. A handsomely bound set. Full-page wood-engraved frontispieces by Ebenezer Landells after H. K. Browne and illustrations throughout, 25 figurative initials. First edition in book form, first issue, vol. II signed by Dickens on the title page, "Charles Dickens, Paris, Eighteenth February 1855". This is almost certainly the inscribed copy referred to by Dickens in his letter of the same date to Laura, Lady Olliffe, wife of the physician Sir Joseph Francis Olliffe (1808–1869). In that letter Dickens thanks her for her "note of parting" and states that "I have set my grosser hand to this work with unusual pleasure" (See Pilgrim edition of the Collected Letters, vol. 7, p. 542). It is probable that this volume was delivered to Dickens at the Hotel Meurice with a request from Lady Olliffe to sign – which may explain the unusual nature of the inscription, with its simple signature and date. In February 1855 Dickens, accompanied by Wilkie Collins, travelled to France with the intention of visiting Bordeaux and arrived in Paris on 12 February. Peter Ackroyd describes this visit, explaining that Dickens usually stayed at the Hotel Brighton – "his normal quarters" - but that the Meurice, on the rue de Rivoli, "allowed the two men more freedom in dining out". However, Collins "suffered a sudden attack of rheumatic gout, and was for most of the day 'laid up' in the gorgeous apartment while Dickens walked and walked through the city" (Dickens, 1990, pp. 725-27). To speed Collins's recovery, Dickens requested the medical assistance of Sir Joseph Olliffe, physician to the British embassy in Paris, writing to him: "Mr. Collins the writer, who is my travelling companion, has a misgiving that he wants 'advice'" (Letters ibid, p. 535). Collins's illness, combined with wintery conditions, meant that it was impossible for the pair to travel to Bordeaux, "The posts are delayed, the roads feet deep in snow, the cold is intense, and going on to Bordeaux appears to be out of the question." (Letter to W. H. Wills, dated 16 February, ibid, p. 541). Unique among Dickens's publications, Master Humphrey's Clock was an experiment in publishing two novels together: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Gordon Ray describes the work as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic", noting that Phiz (H. K. Browne) "is in excellent form" and that George Cattermole's "wonderful clutter of antiquarian or architectural detail is well suited to Dickens's chosen subjects" (Ray, 60). This set has all the required issue points as stated by Smith. An attractive copy with a fine provenance. Eckel, p. 67; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1940, 60; Smith I, 6; Storey, Tillotson, and Easson (eds.), The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, vol. 7 1853–1855 (1993). Seller Inventory # 123004

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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About this Item: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Condition: very good. First. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in fine condition. The front wrapper of Part 1 is slightly darkened, with a small chip at the lower spine; Part 2 is lacking the upper spine; In part 10, the margins of the front wrapper have been expertly restored, and the one leaf ad on yellow paper is not present. The "Oliver Twist Advertisers" in parts 1 & 2 are present as required, although one is bound in at front rather than the back. The 24 plates are all present, but not in the sequence described in Hatton & Cleaver. The set is preserved in a full green morocco slipcase with an elaborately gilt spine. This edition followed on previous publications; firstly as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, Feb. 1837 - March, 1829. Before the close of the serial it came out in 3-volume form. The present issue, in parts, generally known as the first octavo edition, was always prized by collectors and consequently is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists. Eckels, page 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, page 215. Seller Inventory # 256411

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall: London (1861)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall: London, 1861. 3 vols. 8 x 5", violet embossed cloth, 344pp, 351pp; 344pp + 32pp publisher's catalogue, covers rubbed, extremities bumped and worn, spines sunned and cocked, hinges loose, vol. 1 eps spotted, contents a bit worn with some finger soiling, ink marks on ffep of vol. 2, vol. 2 rear fly creased else a nice set in a custom gilt-dec golden crushed morocco; cloth case by Bayntun-Riviere (though not stated as such- from a collection of Bayntun-Riviere signed bindings.) FIRST EDITIONS IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH; volume 3 is a later state with the apostrophe on p. 173, and with period in heading on p. 238, BUT WITH ALL OTHER POINTS AS GIVEN IN THE WALTER E. SMITH BIBLIOGRAPHY INCLUDING THE MAY 1861 PUBLISHER'S CATALOGUE AT REAR OF VOLUME 3. Seller Inventory # 99-3819

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: Chapman & Hall, 1843 (1843)

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About this Item: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843, 1843. Octavo. Original light reddish-brown vertical fine-ribbed cloth, spine and front cover decorated and lettered gilt, sides stamped in blind, green endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a red cloth chemise and red quarter morocco slipcase. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Front hinge starting, rear hinge cracked but holding, text block sound, couple of marks to rear free endpaper. An excellent copy in bright cloth, in unusually nice condition, with uncommonly well-preserved spine panel. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and 3 steel-engraved plates after Leech, wood-engravings within the text by W. J. Linton after Leech; title page printed in blue & red. First edition, first impression, first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text and green endpapers, and all the first edition textual points. The hand-coloured green endpapers, Dickens's original choice for his lavish gift book, proved a disappointment. The colour tended to dust off and smudge, so the endpapers were changed to yellow, not requiring hand work. Probably in the middle of binding, as demand grew faster than the current endpaper stock, it was decided to use up the green paper, and thereafter it was used indiscriminately with yellow, but discarded again when the initial supply of green became exhausted. Primary copies therefore occur with either green or yellow endpapers, some collectors preferring green as the author's original prepublication choice. Eckel pp. 110–15; Smith II, 4; Todd, The Book Collector, 1961, pp. 449–54. Seller Inventory # 122830

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Charles Dickens Signed Portrait Photograph.: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: 1868. Large oval portrait photograph measures 20 inches by 116 inches. Matted in a contemporary frame which measures 25.5. inches by 29.5 inches. Signed "Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Boston Sixth March 1868." In 1867, Charles Dickens began his second American reading tour at Boston's Tremont Temple, where an enthusiastic audience delighted in some of his most notable works, members of the audience included legendary literary stars such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although Dickens was in declining health, he embarked on an ambitious travel schedule across the United States. Dickens returned to Boston once more before concluding his U.S. tour in New York City. When Charles Dickens arrived in Boston on November 19, 1867, the celebrated English author spent several days at the Parker House hotel recuperating from the voyage. As conscientious a performer as he was a writer, Dickens had prepared diligently for his performances, redrafting and memorizing key passages from his books especially for these engagements. He used a book only as a prop; he was so familiar with the material that he could improvise with ease. However, during his 1867-1868 tour he was plagued with Flu-like symptoms, insomnia, and an inflammation of his foot, which forced him to walk with a cane. During his last tours in 1868, Dickens confined much of his performances to the New England area. Dickens was grateful for the income he desperately needed from his readings, which generated $140,000, close to $2,000,000 today; but he longed for home. On April 8, 1868, Dickens gave the last performance of the tour. Prolonged applause followed the reading. He closed by telling the audience, "In this brief life of ours, it is sad to do almost anything for the last time. Ladies and gentlemen, I beg most earnestly, most gratefully, and most affectionately, to bid you, each and all, farewell." He died two years later, having written 14 novels, several of which are considered classics of English literature. A desirable piece of Victorian literary history.     Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. Seller Inventory # 74030

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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About this Item: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Seller Inventory # 15805

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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 8 monthly parts in seven books. A spectacular copy of this complete set. These monthly parts are bound in the ORIGINAL blue wrappers with the First Issue text with p. 213 showing "113" and the List of Plates bearing signature "b." This set collates complete, with the often-seen substitution of the Morison "Monument" ad for the Morison "View" ad in Part III and with a substitution of the slip from Part I in Part V. De Jongh ad at the back of part V is a different issue. The Plates in the wrappers are lightly foxed with minor wear to the wrappers. Overall, a magnificent set seldom seen in the original parts especially in this condition. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Seller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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About this Item: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 10 monthly parts with ALL the advertisement inserts present but with back wrapper parts 5, 9 and 10 differing from Hatton and Cleaver bibliography. This complete set has ALL the original publisher's covers present with NO missing text. The wrappers are in nice shape with some wear to the spines and edges. The pages are clean with minor wear. Overall, a lovely set housed in a red morocco-covered slipcase. Seller Inventory # ABE-16348492370

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A Christmas carol: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech.Full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with intricate gilt stamping on front and back including the letter "E" and 1908 in the top corners and "Xmas 1908" in the bottom corners, all in gilt, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and ornaments, all edges gilt; title page printed in red and blue, and half title printed in blue. Tipped in is a leaf of thick paper with an elaborate multi-colored and gold pen and ink illustration of a London street scene with the words, "To Edmund From" and dated Christmas, 1908. The street is in Central London and shows numerous shops, including the bookstore of the well-known London bookseller Walter Spencer. It is quite probable that the illustration was done by Alberto Sangorski, the brother of Francis (who founded the bindery) and a well-known illustrator. The fly-leaf is signed by Francis Sangorski, George Sutcliffe, and Spencer (fl. 1860-1880), who was friends with Dickens. The original brown publisher's cloth binding is bound in on 3 separate leaves (front, back and spine). A unique, exquisite copy. First edition, first issue, with all first issue points (half-title printed in blue, title printed in blue and red with the 1843 date thereon, "Steve I" on page 1 with the uncorrected text). One of Dickens' most acclaimed works, capturing of the zeitgeist of the Victorian-era revival of the celebration of the holiday. It describes the evolution of businessman Ebenezer Scrooge from arrogant, stubborn miser to warm-hearted, kind holiday celebrant, following his meeting with the now famed characters of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Published on 19 December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve, 1843.Given the illustration and binding, it is likely that the book was specially bound for someone who was both a client of the bindery as well as the bookseller Walter Spencer. Sangorski and Sutcliffe made "Christmas bindings" as gifts for good customers over the years, but this example is clearly not one of their usual holiday offerings, as none of those were ever signed. It is possible (though not at all proven) that the Edmund to whom the book and the binding was given was Edmund Dulac, who was indeed a customer of both the bindery and the bookseller at the time (1908) and who was living in Central London.Dickens (1812-1870), known for his many other notable works, including Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, penned A christmas carol during England's revived exploration of yuletide traditions and the newly emerging ones, taking inspiration from tales written by Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Deeply in debt, Dickens began this novel in the 1840s in order to supplement his family's deficient income. This work resulted in acknowledging Dickens as a lasting influence on the modern Western observance of Christmas, including the festive generosity of spirit experienced during the holiday season. Seller Inventory # 16149

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A Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles; Leech,

Dickens, Charles; Leech, John (illustrator)

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1844)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1844. First edition, in the first impression, first issue binding, of Dickens's Christmas classic. Written in a mere six weeks at a low point in Dickens's career, and published at his own expense,A Christmas Carolrevived Dickens's fortunes, establishing a robust market for Christmas gift books that survives to this day. The characters of Scrooge and Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, are immediately recognizable even to those who've never read a word of Dickens: "'God bless us every one!' said Tiny Tim, the last of all. He sat very close to his father's side, upon his little stool. Bob held his withered little hand in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him." One of Dickens' favorite artists, John Leech would produce the illustrations for all his Christmas books. This copy matches Walter E. Smith's fourth state (formerly called "trial issue"), with red and green title page dated 1844 and yellow endpapers, the rarest of the four variants (Charles Dickens in Cloth, Part Two, 25-6). Smith notes the inaccuracy of the term "trial issue," as copies with the green and red title page were available on the open market. The binding of this copy matches that of the first impression, first issue binding as described by William B. Todd ("Dickens's Christmas Carol,"The Book Collector, 1961). This copy appears to be an unrecorded variant: Todd does not note copies of this binding with both the green and red title page and the yellow endpapers but, according to Smith, "the priority of green endpapers with this title page is deduced as a matter of logical sequence rather than from any substantial direct evidence. It is not improbable that at some stage in the binding, the use of yellow and green end[papers] overlapped to some extent." Following all points of the first edition according to Calhoun and Heaney with the text uncorrected, including "Stave I" on page [1]. Smith II:4. A near-fine, unusually bright copy of the first edition in a rare variant. Octavo, original full brown cloth with leaf border stamped in blind to boards and central wreath design with title stamped in gilt on front board, spine stamped in gilt, yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Half title printed in green, title page printed in red and green, copyright page printed in green. Hand-colored frontispiece, three full-page hand-colored plates, and four black-and-white tailpiece vignettes by John Leech. Two pages of advertisements at rear. Gift inscription, dated Christmas 1843, on verso of front fly leaf. Hand-colored bookplate of Mitchell S. Buck tipped onto front pastedown, bookplate of Bob Stillwell to pastedown of chemise. Expert repair to hinges, hint of wear to spine head. Housed in a custom half red morocco slipcase and chemise. Seller Inventory # 1001884

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DICKENS Charles

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About this Item: 1843. "DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48. Together, five volumes. Small octavo, original rose and red cloths (Carol is expertly rebacked with original spine laid down), gilt-decorated covers and spines, all edges gilt. Housed in custom chemises and slipcase. $28,000.First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books—chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable "Bible of Christmas"—illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books in the original gilt-decorated cloth. A lovely set.A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens' great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens' Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature." The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. "Dickens decided to publish the book himself He wanted the Carol to be a beautiful gift book and took pride in its development. He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens' changes were completed by December 17 Since Dickens' instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features" (Gimbel A79). A Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with uncorrected text ("Stave I" as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, the half title printed in blue, and light green endpapers. (First-issue copies appear with either yellow or green endpapers, no priority established.) Binding matches Todd's first impression, first issue, with the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14-15 mm, and with the "D" in "Dickens" unbroken (Smith II:4). First edition of The Chimes, with the first state of the engraved title page (publisher's imprint is engraved within the title vignette); first edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with second state of advertising leaf at rear (headed "New Edition of Oliver Twist"); first edition of The Battle of Life, with vignette title page in the fourth state (subtitled "A Love Story" on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher's imprint); first edition of The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. All advertisements present, as issued.Dickens followed A Christmas Carol's tremendous success with four more Christmas books. In each book, he deftly develops the themes of the first, ideals that have consequently become inseparable from th. Seller Inventory # 89161

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London, 1843. First editions, first issues of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Very light wear to the cloth, otherwise fine. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). In near fine condition. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page. The Battle of Life. A Love Story has yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. In near fine condition. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day"(Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.". Seller Inventory # 4330

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Charles Dickens's Works [Edition des Bibliophiles]: DICKENS, Charles; Kyd;

DICKENS, Charles; Kyd; Garnett, Richard

Published by London: Merrill & Baker, 1900 (1900)

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About this Item: London: Merrill & Baker, 1900, 1900. Edition des Bibliophiles One of Only Twenty-Six CopiesDICKENS, Charles. Charles Dickens's Works. Edited by Richard Garnett. Most Unusually and Elaborately Illustrated. London: Merrill & Baker, [1900].Edition des Bibliophiles. Limited to twenty-six lettered and registered copies (this copy being Letter "H," Printed for Sadie Belle Lufkin). Thirty-two octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 inches; 227 x 154 mm.). Elaborately illustrated with frontispieces and plates, including photogravures, etchings, photo-etchings, from the original illustrations by Frederick Barnard, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"), George Cattermole, George Cruikshank, Dalziel, F.O.C. Darley, Luke Fildes, John Gilbert, Edwin Landseer, John Leech, Daniel Maclise, J. Mahoney, F.W. Pailthorpe, Robert Seymour, Stanfield, F. Stone, Marcus Stone, and others, including fifty original watercolor drawings ("Aquarelles") by "Kyd" (Joseph Clayton Clarke) of Dickens's characters. Descriptive tissue guards.Contemporary blue crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt in a floral design within a gilt single fillet border, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt-dotted board edges, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt within an outer border of a gilt-dotted rule and two gilt fillets, red calf doublures, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Partially unopened. Although the spines are uniformly faded to green and a few leaves are poorly opened, this set is in a spectacular binding. Seller Inventory # 00566

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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About this Item: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This book has the First issue point with the 'Fireside' plate and the author credited as 'Boz' to the title page. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. An attractive copy with light wear to the spine and edges. The bindings in all three books are tight, bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The pages are clean with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this (3) Volume First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-11873974965

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Seller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life,: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by John Macrone, London (1837)

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About this Item: John Macrone, London, 1837. Cruikshank, George (illustrator). Three small octavo volumes. viii, 348 pp.; (iv), 342pp.; viii, 377pp., + (19)pp. of advertisements. First edition, first issues in book form of Dickens's first work. Illustrated throughout with engravings by George Cruikshank, volumes I and II each with a frontispiece and seven subsequent illustrations, and the Second Series with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and eight subsequent illustrations. Volume I Preface dated February, 1836, and both volumes with all but one or two internal flaws as called for by Smith. Second Series is one of the few early copies without the list of illustrations, with thirteen rather than seventeen lines on the first page of the Contents; legible commas on the Free and Easy imprint; and with Vol. III unerased from the foot of each plate. According to Sadleir, these points "certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book . . . the only possible explanation seems to be that [the publisher] and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Volumes I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a second series in one bulky volume was forced on the publisher." Eckel even more definitively states that the missing list of plates "prove[s] to be a mark of the first issue of the book." Although most of the sketches in this work were originally published as separate entries in various magazines and journals between 1833 and 1836, this edition does represent the first appearance of five of the sketches: "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," "The Great Winglebury Duel," "Our Next-Door Neighbours," and "The Drunkard's Death." The first two volumes are bound in publisher's olive green cloth, with a gilt cartouche and lettering on the spines. Corners lightly bumped, some minor spotting to cloth, else about fine. Second Series is bound in the rare original rose-colored cloth with blind-stamped wreath on the front cover and spine in four compartments, top compartment lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt frame. The gilding has been applied without black pigment, again indicating one of the early copies, as mentioned by Smith. Some bumping to corners, spine slightly sunned, and a few short closed tears in cloth at foot of spine. Nearly fine. Each volume in a green cloth chemise, the three volumes housed together in a quarter morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on the spine. This set came from the collection of William E. Self, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, and bears his bookplate. Both volumes also with the bookplates of noted collectors Winston Henry Hagen and E. Hubert Litchfield. A very nice set of a seminal work of modern Western literature, with excellent provenance. (Eckel, pp. 11-13; Sadleir I, 700; Smith 1, 2). Seller Inventory # 22180

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The CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Set of 5 First: Dickens, Charles [1812

Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870]

Published by London (1848)

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From: Tavistock Books, ABAA (Alameda, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: London, 1848. 5 volumes. Illustrations by various hands including Leech, Doyle, Maclise, Tenniel, etc. Sm 8vo. A nice set for the Dickens collector. According to Eckel, 6000 cc of the CAROL 1st edition were printed, which sold quite quickly. So while not necessarily a scarce book, demand for this popular title is such that one can be assured of its continued appreciation. CAROL - VG+ (bright cover gilt/slight cock/minor extremity wear/clipped Dickens signature affixed to top of t.p./engraving of Dickens affixed opposite p. 1). CHIMES - VG+ to Nr Fine (bright gilt/bookplate). CRICKET: Nr Fine (bookseller ticket [Grant & Griffith / London] to front paste-down). BATTLE: VG+ (bright gilt/unobtrusive 1cm split at bottom of front joint/hinge paper starting). HAUNTED MAN: VG+ - Nr Fine (very slight lean). The 5 volumes in their original cloth binding [Carol is Cinnamon, the remainder are Red]. Gilt stamping (Perfect "D", 13 mm). AEG. All volumes housed in a dark tan quarter leather clamshell case with light brown cloth boards 1st edition (' Carol' is 1st issue, 2nd state with 'Stave I', green eps & red/blue t.p. 'Chimes' - 2nd state. 'Cricket' - 2nd state advert leaf. 'Battle of Life' - 4th state of engraved title page). Cf. Eckel, pp. 110 - 125; Smith II, pp. 16-43, 59-70. Seller Inventory # 10017.2

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